16th Irish Film & Television Awards

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16th Irish Film & Television Awards
DateOctober 18, 2020[1]
SiteOnline "virtual ceremony"
Hosted byDeirdre O'Kane
Best FilmOrdinary Love and Black ’47
Best DirectionPaddy Breathnach
Best ActorTom Vaughan-Lawlor
Best ActressJessie Buckley
Wild Rose
Most awardsSeveral works won 2 awards
Most nominationsArracht (11)
Television coverage
ChannelVirgin Media One

The 16th Irish Film & Television Academy Awards took place on 18 October 2020. Because no ceremony was held in 2019, this ceremony honoured films and television drama released in both 2018 and 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no physical ceremony took place; instead, there was a "virtual ceremony" hosted by Deirdre O’Kane.[2]

The nominations for the IFTAs were announced by the Irish Film and Television Academy on 14 July 2020.[3][4] People presenting awards included President Michael D. Higgins, Martin Scorsese, Daisy Ridley and Liam Neeson. It aired on Virgin Media One.[5][6][7]

Below are the winners and nominees. Winners are at the top of each list, in bold type.


Best film (2019)[edit]

Films released in 2018.

Best film (2020)[edit]

Films released in 2019. (Arracht went on general release in 2020, but it premiered at a festival in 2019.)



Actress in a leading role[edit]

Actor in a leading role[edit]

Actress in a supporting role[edit]

Actor in a supporting role[edit]

George Morrison Feature Documentary[edit]

Short film – Live action[edit]

  • Welcome To A Bright White Limbo
  • Bainne
  • Ciúnas (Silence)
  • Detainment
  • El Hor
  • Here’s Looking at you Kid!
  • Inhale
  • Sister This
  • The Grass Ceiling
  • The Vasectomy Doctor

Animated short[edit]

  • The Dream Report
  • Outside the Box
  • Streets of Fury
  • The Bird & the Whale
  • The Overcoat

Irish Film Board Rising Star Award[edit]

Television drama[edit]




Actress in a leading role[edit]

Actor in a leading role[edit]

Actress in a supporting role[edit]

Actor in a supporting role[edit]


Original music[edit]


Production Design[edit]


  • Piers McGrail – Never Grow Old
  • Tom Comerford – The Hole in the Ground
  • Andrew McConnel – Gaza
  • Kate McCullough – Arracht
  • Robbie RyanMarriage Story
  • Cathal Watters – Rosie

Costume Design[edit]

Makeup & Hair[edit]

  • Linda Gannon & Liz Byrne – Black ’47
  • Niamh O’Loan – Arracht
  • Louise Myler – Finky
  • Polly McKay – Ordinary Love
  • Dee Corcoran & Tom McInerney – Vikings
  • Eileen Buggy & Jennifer Hegarty – Vita & Virginia


  • Brendan Rehill, Alan Scully and Peter Blayney – Arracht
  • Fionáin Higgins & Robert Flanagan – Black ’47
  • Ronan Hill, Danny Crowley & Simon Kerr – Game of Thrones
  • Aza Hand, Karen O’Mahony and Patrick Drummond – Never Grow Old
  • Hugh Fox & Niall Brady – Rosie
  • Steve Fanagan & Niall Brady – The Little Stranger



  1. ^ "IFTA | Irish Film & Television Academy | Irish Film & Television Awards". www.ifta.ie.
  2. ^ Clarke, Donald. "Iftas: Normal People arrives too late for 'virtual' awards". The Irish Times.
  3. ^ "Famine drama Arracht leads IFTA Awards shortlist". July 14, 2020 – via www.rte.ie. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Duffy, Rónán. "Here is the full list of nominees for this year's (virtual) IFTAs". TheJournal.ie.
  5. ^ https://www.ifta.ie/awards/news/awards2020.html
  6. ^ Clarke, Sophie (October 18, 2020). "All the winners at the virtual IFTA Awards". Goss.ie.
  7. ^ Clarke, Donald. "Iftas 2020: Wins for Aisling Franciosi, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and unstoppable Jessie Buckley". The Irish Times.
  8. ^ "IFTA Announces Screen Ireland Rising Star Award Nominees". www.screenireland.ie.

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